The new signage for The Relais Hotel at the Red Lion was reviewed by Henley Town Council’s Planning Committee last week.
As well as the new dark blue livery signs for the front entrance of the hotel the planning application showed the proposed hanging signs and boards which will promote the hotel’s new Mosimann’s restaurant, The Clipper, planned events plus a board detailing the history and photographs of The Red Lion.
The Planning Committee recommended that they approved the new signage but subject to (a fresh replica) of the original Red Lion signage being incorporated somewhere on the front of the hotel. The Planning Committee also agreed to ‘call-in’ the application so that they can present their recommendations at the South Oxfordshire District Council Planning Meeting where the final decision will be made.
Co-Owner, Grace Leo said, “The original Red Lion Hotel entrance sign has been kept safely along with many other artefacts relating to the heritage of hotel which will be displayed in the hotel. I understand and fully respect the heritage of the hotel, however the new name which has its origin in France meaning coaching inn, needs to be the name guests and visitors see and will mark a new chapter in the evolution of Henley’s iconic riverside hotel.”
Last week Grace submitted an alternative version of the signage proposal (see below) to South Oxfordshire District Council which will see THE RELAIS HENLEY on the front signage panel and THE RED LION on the two signs positioned on the west and east sides of the porte cochere instead of just HOTEL as proposed in the original application the Town Council’s Planning Committee reviewed.
Grace added, “I hope that this compromise solution will be met in the spirit in which it is put forward, as a constructive way to resolve the what may be seen as conflict between the heritage of the building and its commercial viability. This proposal will achieve a balance between communicating the revitalised and refurbished hotel, and a respectful acknowledgment of the rich history of the Red Lion, which this refurbishment will help safeguard and secure.”
You can see the full details of the planning application here.